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Easily one of the most important, perfectly formed releases in Warp's vast catalogue, and arguably the most complete transmission from Drexciya's James Stinson (RIP), Lifestyles of the Laptop Cafe has become something of a yardstick by which pretty much every electronic music album should be measured. Hard to believe it's over 15 years old now, and still a guiding light...
One of James Stinson’s most sought-after classics bubbles up again on Warp after many years at the top of everyone’s wants list. If it’s felt a bit breezy recently, that would be the collective sign of relief from techno fiends the world over at the announcement of its reissue.
Originally issued as the 3rd Drexciyan Storm in 2001 - one year before Stinson’s death due to heart complications, on 3rd September, 2002 - The Other People Place’s Lifestyles of the Laptop Café became an instant classic with Detroit house and techno lovers as well as for many listeners beyond that paradigm who were equally seduced to its sleek, louche arrangements and unforgettable tunes.
15 years later it still stands as a beautifully sore thumb in the Drexciyan catalogue; far more mellow, sublime than anything else produced during James Stinson’s too short tenure on this planet, and framed by a neon glow which uniquely phosphoresces in the mind long after the needle hits the run-out.
Nowadays it is justifiably elevated to the level of a peerless modern classic - a masterclass in sophisticated, futuristic electro-soul whose cultural cache has only grown exponentially since its first release, ultimately transcending time and space like few other records.
Every electronic music collection needs a copy.